Can your tax agent get you bigger reductions than you can on your own?
If not, it’s time to reevaluate your agent
Property Specific Knowledge
Knowing the subject property is one of the first rules in valuation. As an owner or property manager, you likely have visited your property and know the difficulties it is facing. This is critical to determining an accurate value. For an agent to secure a greater reduction than you, they should know the property as well as, or better than the owner. This can only be achieved through site visits where the agent puts boots on the ground. First-hand knowledge by a dedicated agent allows them to find valuation issues that even a very diligent owner may overlook. Online maps, street views, and satellite pictures can never replace a real visit.
Valuation Knowledge and Time
The next critical step is knowing standard valuation methods, and which ones are most appropriate for your property type. For Texas multifamily, the income approach is usually the best method for determining value. In the case of new construction, cost would be more appropriate. As an owner, if you have experience with the approaches and the time to research market income conditions, you might do fine appealing on your own. However, if like most owners, you have dozens of other important issues demanding your attention, it may be difficult to devote the necessary time and resources to a valuation appeal. Your time would be far better spent doing that which only you can do and utilizing a professional specialized in Texas multifamily property taxes.
The right property tax agent has the time and resources to focus on your valuation appeal. They have extensive experience in the approaches and market. By utilizing a dedicated agent, you can free up your time to accomplish your vital priorities and still secure results. Thereby increasing your productive output, without becoming overwhelmed.
Relationship with the Central Appraisal District
As a final point, it is critical to remember that relationships matter. If you plan on owning the property for any length of time or want to keep doing business in the county, you should consider your relationship with the Central Appraisal District (CAD). They are trying to do their best with their limited time and resources. Approaching them with an aggressive attitude usually will result in the same behavior right back. When both sides begin by entrenching themselves in their position, it is hard to make progress. Unfortunately, some agents take this approach. Not only does is it hurt your potential valuation, but it can also harm your company’s reputation in the county. Whether you appeal on your own or seek a tax agent’s help, find those who are good at building bridges.
How Can I Reevaluate My Agent?
If you have an agent but wonder if they are getting you the best results, use the Tax Agent Checklist to evaluate your agent today. The insights you will gain from these 10 easy questions will help you determine if your agent can really get you a bigger reduction than you can on your own. You shouldn’t have to go it alone or settle for mediocre help. With something as important as your property taxes, you should Experience Excellence.